EMDR can help individuals of all ages cope with the effects of traumatic life events. This therapy is based on the belief that the brain has the capacity to heal itself. Sensory stimuli, such as sound and light, are used to simulate a reaction in the brain similar to what occurs during REM sleep. This allows for processing of distressing emotions, physical sensations, and negative beliefs associated with the trauma, leading to symptom reduction.
What problems are addressed using EMDR?
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Physical, sexual, and emotional abuse
- Distressing memories
- Anxiety (phobias, panic attacks, performance and social anxiety)
- Continued symptoms following a course of traditional talk therapy
*EMDR is endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association and the World Health Organization.
To learn more details about how EMDR works and what a therapy session looks like, click on the following link: EMDR International Association